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Montgomery County (Maryland)

Overview of Montgomery County Paid Sick Time Campaign

On June 23, 2015, the Montgomery County Council in Maryland unanimously adopted a county-wide law to guarantee paid sick time, and A Better Balance was thrilled to be on hand to witness the final vote! Montgomery County is the first county in the U.S. to pass a paid sick time law and joins four states and 18 cities that have laws on the books guaranteeing paid sick time.

Passage of this law is a huge win for the more than 100,000 workers in Montgomery County who currently receive no paid sick time! Congratulations to the Working Matters coalition in Maryland on this victory.

About Montgomery County’s Paid Sick Time Law

Under Montgomery County’s paid sick time law, workers in businesses with 5 or more workers are entitled to earn up to 56 hours of paid sick time a year. Workers in businesses with fewer than 5 workers will have the right to earn up to 32 hours of paid sick time and 24 hours of unpaid (but job-protected) sick time a year.  All workers are entitled to carry forward 56 hours of unused earned sick time and may use up to 80 hours of earned sick time a year when they have leave that is carried forward.

Under the law, workers can use sick time to recover from their own illness or to care for sick family members. The law covers an employee’s child, parent, legal guardian, spouse, grandparent, spouse of a grandparent, grandchild, sibling, and the spouse of a sibling. Sick time can also be used to address the effects of domestic violence on the employee or the employee’s family member.

Montgomery County’s paid sick time law will take effect on October 1, 2016.

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Photo from the Pre-Vote Rally in Montgomery County

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